Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NYC: Momofuku Ko, A Flawless Meal

The one word I would use to describe my Momofuku Ko experience is Flawless. I am talking like, Beyoncé, I woke up like "Nom Nom Nom Nom", #Flawless.

J and I were trying to figure out something to criticize about the meal and we came up with nothing. The entire experience was so pleasant, delicious and unpretentious that it has me longing for the next time I could come back to enjoy their longer, more expensive tasting menu at lunch. For the record, this doesn't happen to me very often, given the $$$ and the endless new places to spend it in NYC.

For those of you who don't know, Momofuku Ko is Chef David Chang's 2 Michelin Star restaurant. It's no secret that I love the Momofuku empire and as a part of my New York City bucket list, there was no way that I could leave without trying every single one of his restaurants. I mean, I've already been to (and blogged about)... Noodle Bar's Fried Chicken, Noodle Bar's Ramen, Bo Ssäm at Ssäm Bar, and Má Pêche. All that was left was Ko.

So why did it take me over three years to finally make it here? Part of it is like saving the best for last. Ko is the priciest restaurant out of the 4 mentioned. A 10 course tasting menu for dinner is $125, whereas their 16 course lunch is $175 (yes, lunch is longer than dinner!). The other part is that I just really needed to work myself up to it. I have always been a little apprehensive because I was scared it was going to be overrated. I figured I could avoid the letdown by just avoiding it altogether. I know, lame right?
But... honestly, how could I have thought this would be a letdown? There are two dishes on the tasting menu that are staples, and the Ko egg is one of them. From the time I first saw Chang make this on Mind of a Chef, I wanted it. A soft poached egg that's cracked, and spilling with caviar. I love the playfulness of the dish, down to the sweet potato vinegar that acts as blood (and a bonus that it acts to cut some of the richness of the dish).

Just too cute! You know, if you can call an egg bleeding out caviar "cute".

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blueberry, Banana & Spinach Power Smoothie

Our Coachella Blender!
I will always remember this smoothie as my Coachella Power Smoothie. After 3 weeks of having smoothies for breakfast every day during the Clean Cleanse, I was on a smoothie kick and needed my daily fix.

Coachella ended up being after my cleanse so I was hyper aware of the fact that we were going to eat crappy food every day. It might have seemed silly at first, but as we were grocery shopping, I was on a mission to pick up all my essential smoothie ingredients. Needed to make sure we could start our day off right with a smoothie full of antioxidants, omega-3s and fiber!

My friends might have been laughing about a "Post-cleanse Shelly" at first, but once I started making the smoothie every morning, everyone was happy to reap the benefits. Sharing is caring my friends!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Whole Food's 365 vs Trader Joe's Complete Body Cleanse

I've written a lot about cleansing, particularly the Clean Cleanse. To say that I've spent long hours standing in the vitamin aisles at health food stores almost might be an understatement.

Since I've tried both the Complete Body Cleanses from Whole Food's 365 brand (reviewed here) and the Trader Joe's brand and I wanted to show you my findings. Is one better than the other? From comparing the ingredients, I've learned that the two cleanses are exactly the same.

Let's take a look...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NYC: How the Original Ramen Burger is Made

Before I go into the making of the Ramen Burger, I want to ask you one thing. What's more amazing? The fact that the Ramen Burger exists, or the innovation of this awesome wrapper that neatly encloses the burger, allows you to hold it while keeping your hands clean AND also catches the drippings of said Ramen Burger? The wrapper wins right?
The Ramen Burger is definitely last summer's news. But the bestie visited me a few weeks ago so I brought her to Smorgasburg to check out some of my favorite bites. There was no way that I was going to bring her to Smorg and not have her try the Ramen Burger.

Her reaction was all positive and it reminded me of why even the most gimmicky overtalked about foods in NYC can just be simply delicious, still worth mentioning and definitely worth trying.

Friday, September 5, 2014

NYC: Good Eats at Mad. Sq. Eats, Fall 2014 Edition

Mad. Sq. Eats is baaaack! Starting today, you can enjoy this pop-up food market's month long stay in Worth Square, right across the street from Madison Square Park. I've told you about Mad. Sq. Eats before - it's an awesome outdoor market that gathers over 30 food vendors into one central location in the beginning of Spring and Fall. Even better, it's right in my hood, a short 15 minute walk away from the apartment. Can't really beat the convenience of NYC!

When I was gone for a week in May, J said he ate at the Roberta's Pizza booth almost every day. It's exciting that Roberta's is here because its original location is located in deep deep Brooklyn, but is definitely one of the best pizzas in New York. It's made in a actual wood burning oven that they lug around to pop-up markets - it's seriously delicious.
But enough about the pizza. I'm writing to tell you about something much more exciting: I was invited to check out Mad. Sq. Eats today for a press tasting! An opportunity to check out all the good eats from all these amazing vendors? How could I resist?

Out of all the food that I tried, there were a few that stood out to me so I'll highlight the good eats that I think you should check out.